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Best Video projector for SMs

Brian Riggs
 
Edited

Hello Amel SM 2000 Owners,

Since I am only an Amel hopeful in the next few short years, I almost never post. I do however read everything you post.

While I am still bound to the land, I'm interested in purchasing a video projector that will work for both the house and the yacht. In the SM2000, there is a small storage area directly above the two drawers at the center of the dinette port side where the projector could me placed to aim at a retractable screen hung over the settee to starboard. I My questen are as follows:

1. What is the length, height and depth of the little storage area above the two drawers above and port of the dinette?
2. As owners, what are your thoughts about this? Have you found other solutions better than this plan? (I specifically don't want to mount a television to the bulkhead wall.)

I appreciate any feedback you may have.

Very respectfully,
Brian K. Riggs
Future Amel Owner


Re: Fuel Bladders

Colin - ex SV Island Pearl
 

Everyone will have different reasons for carrying so much fuel, and of course, this could be very different now due to some exceptional COVID related issues (for example, a close friend of ours recently had to sail directly across the Pacific all the way from Panama to Bundaberg, Australia) ....but for those just setting off and/or preparing to circumnavigate in an Amel SM, 54 or 55, rest assured that you will mostly find that with both your generous main tank fuel capacity, plus say 9 x 23L jerry cans (in our case all in the life-raft locker of the SM), you should have much more fuel than you would need for all the longest legs, even with many mild to windless days, and even with the occasional need potentially to run for many hours at very high revs to get away from the odd suspect pirate "fishing" boats who may try to catch you in certain areas.

We circumnavigated on an Amel SM2000 with the above setup between 2017 and 2020, always with plenty of fuel leftover even on all the longest stretches, with many days of zero to 10kts of wind in the South Atlantic and Pacific, plus in the North Indian Ocean (Thailand to the Maldives leg).

Colin Streeter
ex SM2K Island Pearl II
Brisbane, Australia

On Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 3:48 AM Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:

I ask this more out of curiosity than anything else. What are people opinions of fuel bladders for excess diesel on longer passages?

 

I have seen some conversations where owners have bladders atop the aft cabin and lashed to the hand rails. To me, this seems like it would be a lot of weight in the wrong place. How does the fuel not cause a greater angle of heel and, the bigger question,  are the hand-hold railings strong enough to hold the weight of potentially shifting diesel (0.832kg/litre)?

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 



--
Colin Streeter
0411 016 445


Re: cover up holes of instruments

Eloi Bamberg
 

Great job, I will try to get some wood here in France.
thanks,
Eloi


Change of black water valve Amel 54

Alain Durante
 

Hello,

 

Does anyone experienced the change of a black water valve (front toilet) in an Amel 54?

 

Thank you so much for your help.

 

Cordialement,

 

Alain Durante

A54 / Meige

 

 


Re: Another secret question...

Derick Gates SM2K #400 Brava
 

I did find a diamond pendant that the wife of the previous owner had lost (and shipped it to her), but it was not in a secret place. I also found a bunch of toys left by their 4 year old. I think I know my SM pretty well after 8 years of ownership, but I was never told of a secret space.  Can someone in the know enlighten me please? Email me at derickgates@...

Derick
Brava
SM2K #400

 


Re: Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Of course. That should have been my first suggestion.

Best,

CW Bill Rouse 
Amel Owners Yacht School
+1 832-380-4970 | brouse@...
720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
www.AmelOwnersYachtSchool.com 
Yacht School Calendar: www.preparetocastoff.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html


   

On Tue, Apr 6, 2021, 3:35 PM Hans-Joerg Wildhagen <carpediemsail@...> wrote:
Hi Bill

Thank so much for your help. It was the emergency switch which was not closed. So no full power for the pcu. But still some power like 10,2 Volt from other components 
Unbelievable
Nothing is in the wiring chart from Volvo penta
BR
Hans
SY Wasabi


CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> schrieb am Di., 6. Apr. 2021, 10:10:
The D-3 start cycle is commanded by the Volvo Computer. It is very likely that you need a Volvo mechanic with Volvo diagnostic software loaded on his laptop to plug into the computer. 

You can get some D3 Fault Codes by following this (Snippet from a page from my Amel Book) and using this file from my Yacht School Amel Book Supplements:
Snippet from my book:

image.png
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 9:24 PM Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:

I am not very familiar with Volvo but Yanmar have a fuse in the panel. Is the starter getting getting voltage when the key is turned to crank?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 11:15 AM
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Hi Mark

Thanks for the response.

Hope you and your wife are well in Tahiti.

The engine doesn't crank.

I turn the key to position 1.

The leds flashing around and the ventilator starts.

When all LEDs are out I turn the key to position 3 and nothing is happen. The ventilator stopps too.

BR Hans

 

Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> schrieb am Mo., 5. Apr. 2021, 15:54:

Hans,

 

When you say it doesn’t start, can you be more specific. It doesn’t crank or it cranks and will not fire?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 8:52 AM
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Hello, looking for some troubleshooting tips for my Volvo penta on my 55#13

 

After replacing the starter battery the engine doesn't start. May be my last try to start the engine with the old starter battery was damaging the pcu. I measure at pin B32 only 10.5 Volt. All the relays and fuses are ok.

 

In the engine room I find a box 12 and 24 Volt with Murphy Relais. I think this is for the two alternators.

 

Any help is very much appreciated.

 

Hans

SY Wasabi

Isla Bastimentos


Re: Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
 

Hi Bill

Thank so much for your help. It was the emergency switch which was not closed. So no full power for the pcu. But still some power like 10,2 Volt from other components 
Unbelievable
Nothing is in the wiring chart from Volvo penta
BR
Hans
SY Wasabi


CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> schrieb am Di., 6. Apr. 2021, 10:10:

The D-3 start cycle is commanded by the Volvo Computer. It is very likely that you need a Volvo mechanic with Volvo diagnostic software loaded on his laptop to plug into the computer. 

You can get some D3 Fault Codes by following this (Snippet from a page from my Amel Book) and using this file from my Yacht School Amel Book Supplements:
Snippet from my book:

image.png
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 9:24 PM Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:

I am not very familiar with Volvo but Yanmar have a fuse in the panel. Is the starter getting getting voltage when the key is turned to crank?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 11:15 AM
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Hi Mark

Thanks for the response.

Hope you and your wife are well in Tahiti.

The engine doesn't crank.

I turn the key to position 1.

The leds flashing around and the ventilator starts.

When all LEDs are out I turn the key to position 3 and nothing is happen. The ventilator stopps too.

BR Hans

 

Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> schrieb am Mo., 5. Apr. 2021, 15:54:

Hans,

 

When you say it doesn’t start, can you be more specific. It doesn’t crank or it cranks and will not fire?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 8:52 AM
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Hello, looking for some troubleshooting tips for my Volvo penta on my 55#13

 

After replacing the starter battery the engine doesn't start. May be my last try to start the engine with the old starter battery was damaging the pcu. I measure at pin B32 only 10.5 Volt. All the relays and fuses are ok.

 

In the engine room I find a box 12 and 24 Volt with Murphy Relais. I think this is for the two alternators.

 

Any help is very much appreciated.

 

Hans

SY Wasabi

Isla Bastimentos


Re: cover up holes of instruments

Mark Erdos
 

Hi Matt,

 

Sourcing the wood is not difficult. African Mahogany is used in furniture building and by wood hobbyists. There are online stores such as https://www.woodworkerssource.com/ or retail outlets like https://www.woodcraft.com/

 

I had difficulty finding it in the thickness I wanted. Since I do not own a planer, I wanted it to be as close as possible to the desired thickness: 3/8” or 10mm. I found that most of the managers at the wood hobby shops are die-hard woodworkers. For a small fee, one offered to plane the plank I purchased to the thickness.

 

For the coloring, it is trial and error. If you mess up, no big deal, give it a good sand and try again. Best to have a couple of waste pieces to get the technique down. Here are the products I used:

 

 

You will need to feather the stain. Add dark streaks first (red mahogany) to match the Amel grain, and wipe away excess quickly. Then, use a gold or pecan to bring out the lighter side. Blend stains if needed.  Finish with semi-gloss polyurethane.

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Matt & Michelle Day
Sent: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:49 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] cover up holes of instruments

 

Mark,

You have inspired me.  My panels look like Swiss cheese right now, while I figure out a solution.  

What was your process for stain matching?
Did you source your African Mahogany in the US? Source?

Thank you for the sharing.  Beautiful work.

Matt
SV Talia SM#208


Re: cover up holes of instruments

Matt & Michelle Day, SM#208 SV Talia
 

Mark,

You have inspired me.  My panels look like Swiss cheese right now, while I figure out a solution.  

What was your process for stain matching?
Did you source your African Mahogany in the US? Source?

Thank you for the sharing.  Beautiful work.

Matt
SV Talia SM#208


Re: cover up holes of instruments

Mark Erdos
 

Matt,

 

That looks really nice!

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Matt & Michelle Day
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 12:27 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] cover up holes of instruments

 

Lovely job!

We are in the middle of doing the same refit.

Looked at several different materials and settled on King Starboard.  You can get just about any color, size and thickness you want. 

We went with black, intentionally trying to contrast with the original helm color.  The thickness used was 3/8 inch.  The finish is matte, so we minimize glare.  The material is stable and can be worked with standard work working tools.

Matt
Talia SM#208   


Re: cover up holes of instruments

Mark Erdos
 

Eloi,

 

For the nav station, I made some duplicate drawer fronts out of African Mahogany and stained them to match. I used these to cover the old holes and then made new cuts as needed. I matched the size and color of the drawer panel for constituency, but I guess an size would do.

 

Perfect Match!!!

 

This is how the SSB looks. The old GPS hole was too big, so I made a panel. Then, I cut out the new panel per the SSB specs.

 

DSCF0591.JPG

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Eloi Bamberg
Sent: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:21 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] cover up holes of instruments

 

Thanks for your ideas, both solutions look great.  Any idea for the interior (above the chart table)?

Eloi


Re: cover up holes of instruments

Eloi Bamberg
 

Thanks for your ideas, both solutions look great.  Any idea for the interior (above the chart table)?

Eloi


Re: What is this pole for?

amelforme
 

Most likely a sun awning support or a cockpit Bimini extension support that is tied onto/between the port and starboard mizzen shrouds. What year/hull number do you have ?

 

All the best,

Joel

 

           JOEL F. POTTER ~ CRUISING YACHT SPECIALIST, L.L.C.

                                         The Experienced AMEL Guy

UNSURPASSED AMEL MARKETING EXPERIENCE AND PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE

                                  Office 954-462-5869  Cell 954-812-2485

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Rob Hughes via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:02 AM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] What is this pole for?

 

found this in the aft locker on our SM. does anyone know what it is for? it is 85 inches long


Re: Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

The D-3 start cycle is commanded by the Volvo Computer. It is very likely that you need a Volvo mechanic with Volvo diagnostic software loaded on his laptop to plug into the computer. 

You can get some D3 Fault Codes by following this (Snippet from a page from my Amel Book) and using this file from my Yacht School Amel Book Supplements:
Snippet from my book:

image.png
CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 9:24 PM Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:

I am not very familiar with Volvo but Yanmar have a fuse in the panel. Is the starter getting getting voltage when the key is turned to crank?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 11:15 AM
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Hi Mark

Thanks for the response.

Hope you and your wife are well in Tahiti.

The engine doesn't crank.

I turn the key to position 1.

The leds flashing around and the ventilator starts.

When all LEDs are out I turn the key to position 3 and nothing is happen. The ventilator stopps too.

BR Hans

 

Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> schrieb am Mo., 5. Apr. 2021, 15:54:

Hans,

 

When you say it doesn’t start, can you be more specific. It doesn’t crank or it cranks and will not fire?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 8:52 AM
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Hello, looking for some troubleshooting tips for my Volvo penta on my 55#13

 

After replacing the starter battery the engine doesn't start. May be my last try to start the engine with the old starter battery was damaging the pcu. I measure at pin B32 only 10.5 Volt. All the relays and fuses are ok.

 

In the engine room I find a box 12 and 24 Volt with Murphy Relais. I think this is for the two alternators.

 

Any help is very much appreciated.

 

Hans

SY Wasabi

Isla Bastimentos


What is this pole for?

Rob Hughes
 

found this in the aft locker on our SM. does anyone know what it is for? it is 85 inches long


Re: Another secret question...

Nicolas Klene
 

Just in case the previous owner forgot in there , I need to check the spot !
laixoi@...
--
Nicolas Klene
DarNico
SM2K # 471
In Marseille


Re: Another secret question...

Lior Keydar
 

hi

please, can someone email it also to me?

lior246@...

thanks a lot
lior A54 #18


Re: Fuel Bladder on the aft cabin top

Mark Erdos
 

Thanks Eric!!! I learned a few things J

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of eric freedman
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 5:05 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Fuel Bladder on the aft cabin top

 

Hi Mark,

We usually mount a 50-gallon bladder to the cabin top in addition to having 2 aluminum 40 gallon tanks fitted into the life raft locker.

50 Gallons of diesel weighs about 350 pounds. That is not much weight considering the size of the tank.

The tank is tied to the rails using line with a wrap around the mizzen. We also use the supplied mounting straps and zip tie them closed as they have had a tendency to loosen.

We only do the final tightening of the straps and lines when the tank it totally full.

 

We use only one hose to fill  and empty the bladder. We used to fill the galley garbage can and with the use of a jabsco vane puppy pump we filled the bladder. When the bladder starts to get full we “Burp” the tank by jiggling the tank and reversing the pump to get the air out. I had Amel fit a 24-volt waterproof outlet in the cockpit .

The tank we use is the commercial Nauta tank fitted with bronze fittings. The regular Nauta tank used to weep diesel.

I fitted an elbow and fuel hose to the tank which ended with a locking ball valve . When it is time to empty the tank we just add a piece of hose and dump the entire tank into the main tank.

 

We now fill one of the auxiliary tanks with 40 gallons of diesel and while pumping the bladder we add the additional 10 gallons.

 

It is very important to have the tank very full without any air , it must be tied and strapped down tight, Never empty the tank partially. When the tank is totally full it is hard and does not move one inch.

 

I have been doing this for many years in all sea states. We just make it a practice to empty it as soon as we need 50 gallons. We then hold it up to get the last drop out , fold it up and put it into the port cockpit locker.

We also wrap the locking ball valve with foam rubber when it is on deck and when we put it away.

 

 

 


Re: Another secret question...

Mark Erdos
 

Good idea!

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ian Townsend
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 3:03 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Another secret question...

 

Maybe we should have Zoom meeting about secret spots! Invitation only. 🤣

Ian & Margaret

S/V Loca Lola II 

SM153


On Apr 5, 2021, at 8:27 PM, Porter McRoberts via groups.io <portermcroberts@...> wrote:

I think the SM has a very different place than the 54.  Can a SM owner directly reply to the SM requests?  

 

Porter McRoberts 

S/V IBIS A54-152

 



On Apr 5, 2021, at 12:42 PM, James via groups.io <jamestim@...> wrote:

Hi all..

Would also love to know more about secret 'Amel hiding places!'

I like to think I know my boat, but I'd LOVE to know what I may not know!!

Thanks guys!!

SV TITANIUM SM2K#260


Re: Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

Mark Erdos
 

I am not very familiar with Volvo but Yanmar have a fuse in the panel. Is the starter getting getting voltage when the key is turned to crank?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 11:15 AM
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Hi Mark

Thanks for the response.

Hope you and your wife are well in Tahiti.

The engine doesn't crank.

I turn the key to position 1.

The leds flashing around and the ventilator starts.

When all LEDs are out I turn the key to position 3 and nothing is happen. The ventilator stopps too.

BR Hans

 

Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> schrieb am Mo., 5. Apr. 2021, 15:54:

Hans,

 

When you say it doesn’t start, can you be more specific. It doesn’t crank or it cranks and will not fire?

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hans-Joerg Wildhagen
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 8:52 AM
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Volvo penta D3 110 I-D

 

Hello, looking for some troubleshooting tips for my Volvo penta on my 55#13

 

After replacing the starter battery the engine doesn't start. May be my last try to start the engine with the old starter battery was damaging the pcu. I measure at pin B32 only 10.5 Volt. All the relays and fuses are ok.

 

In the engine room I find a box 12 and 24 Volt with Murphy Relais. I think this is for the two alternators.

 

Any help is very much appreciated.

 

Hans

SY Wasabi

Isla Bastimentos

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